sclerite

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n sclerite hard plate or element of the exoskeleton of some arthropods
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Sclerite sklē"rīt (Zoöl) A hard chitinous or calcareous process or corpuscle, especially a spicule of the Alcyonaria.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n sclerite In zoology:
    • n sclerite Any separate skeletal element or definite hard part of the integument of arthropods; a piece of the chitinous skeleton or crust, as of an insect, in any way distinguished from other parts. In insects the regular or constant sclerites, of which there are many, receive for the most part special names, as sternite, pleurite, tergite, epimeron, epipleuron, etc., or are identified by qualifying terms, as sternal, dorsal, etc. See cut I. under Insecta, and cut under Hymenoptera.
    • n sclerite A sclerodermatous spicule in the substance of a polyp, especially of an alcyonarian.
    • n sclerite A sponge-spicule; a sclere.
    • n sclerite One of the elements which by union or coalescence form the skeleton of a coral.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Sclerite any hard part of the integument of arthropods
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Gr. sklēros, hard.

Usage

In literature:

Annulus antennalis: the ring sclerite of the head into which the basal segment of the antennae is inserted; = antennal sclerite.
"Explanation of Terms Used in Entomology" by John. B. Smith
Post-anal sclerite modified as a long, many-jointed feeler.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 2, Slice 3" by Various
S^8, Sclerite between 7th and 8th sterna.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 13, Slice 4" by Various
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